One laptop per Libyan child


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OnelaptopperchildThe $100 laptop story continues. Looks like Libya could be the first country to give one laptop to each of its 1.2 million schoolchildren. From FP Passport:

In return for its $250 million investment, Libya will get one server per school, a team of technical advisers, satellite internet service and other infrastructure. Scheduled to be completed in June 2008, the project could make Libya the first nation in which all school-age children are connected to the Internet through educational computers. Looks like Moammar Gadhafi is making good on his agenda to open Libyan society.

According to the NYTimes, Gadhafi might even be contemplating the purchase of laptops for Chad, Niger and Rwanda.

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October 13, 2006

Was with Negroponte and his team in Nigeria. Not sure how close Libya is over or ahead of Nigeria, but the NCC (Nigerian Communication Commission) was very committed to an order of 1M. Maybe he's racking up publicity to keep the factories churning. The key to making this work as he pointed out in the talk (see link below) is SCALE, SCALE, SCALE.